Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Swords clash, fire bursts, a dragon’s roar reverberates across the open field. A man steps forwards, a thick brown staff in one hand. A horse whinnies in the distance, pawing at the ground. The old man smiles, lifts his hands, and begins his spell . . .
From a boy who didn’t believe in growing up, to a white rabbit who could tell time, the magic in adventures of your childhood never really end. El Zorro left more than a “Z” for his legacy – he left the memories of his blazing sword and flaring courage in your mind.
There’s something that connects in the readers’ mind, when they remember these stories. Remember how unrealistic Alice was to follow a rabbit down a hole, or Dorothy was for following a yellow brick road to an unknown place? Perhaps it is her personality. Anne of Green Gables is so influential because she still believes. “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “The Three Musketeers,” “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” and “Ivanhoe,” each tell a different and captivating tale.
Whether it’s magic, or fairies, or yourself in which you still believe, the message of stories is not only enjoyable, but revitalizing. Remember what drew you to these adventures. Enjoy a good book again, or experience a new one.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
In the beginning there was the apple . . .
Introducing the incredible life of Steve Jobs! If you study the great philosophers and inventors of the world to learn from them and base your own life and goals off of their successes – this is a story you don’t want to miss.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
No matter what language it is in, a smiling face and a friendly word is always welcome – especially if you can understand what they are saying! There are so many reasons to learn a new language. Maybe you have just decided you want to learn French. Or maybe you set a goal to learn Spanish as your new year’s resolution, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. You’re going on a trip to Germany, but you haven’t learned German yet! Your friend is learning Japanese and you want to learn it too.
Surprise you’re friends when they visit from Israel, or please your family when you pass you’re Spanish test. Learning a new language will give you a new sense of empowerment, and a new way to connect to people.
For now farewell, or, as Mark Antony would say, Vale!
Monday, October 17, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
You’re car rumbles, making gravelly noises as it rolls to a stop. You put your foot on the pedal, the engine snarls, but the car doesn’t move. You sigh, you were supposed to fill up your car at the last gas station – your car knew it then, and you know it now. But someday . . .
“Powering the Future: How We Will (Eventually) Solve the Energy Crisis and Fuel the Civilization of Tomorrow” by : Waking Up to the Century of Declines
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Alright, today I would like to stimulate some discussion. I’ve been trying to think of an interesting book to discuss, and decided to write on several of my favorite tragedies. The kind of stories that leave your chest aching because it was so close to being something great – or it is a great book, but in a way that leaves you yearning.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Intimidating is the word. You’ve never actually met the man, but just hearing his name makes you wince. The worst part of it is, he’s been dead for years.This man could be Milton, Socrates, Plato, Shakespeare, or even Charles Dickens. Maybe the last time you read Dickens was the night before your ten page paper was due on his book, “A Tale of Two Cities” – back in high school. Or perhaps you’ve attempted the feat of reading Shakespeare or Milton, but just haven’t been able to get into it enough to keep going. – Maybe you love to read the Iliad, but just haven’t had time lately!
No excuses, now is the time to take that step and listen to that book you’ve been meaning to, but just haven’t gotten around to reading yet.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
On a plate before you sits a large, moist, chocolate cupcake with thick dark brown frosting and sprinkles. Just smelling it nearly hypnotizes you. On the other side of the plate is a carrot and a celery stick. Which are you going to pick up and devour? - the cupcake, right?
However – do not despair. Healthy eating can be fun and delicious. Just ask Mark Hyman MD, author of “Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss,” or listen to “The End of Overeating” by David A. Kessler MD. Visit the Ambling Books website and find out what you can do to have a healthier body and maintian happy tastebuds.
Instead of a cupcake, you don’t have to eat a dry rice cake – unless you like those. Find a fun balance between deserts, and sporting a body you can be proud of!
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Jimmy bounces up and down on the big blue sofa, making it squeal. He stares forwards, his eyes fixed on a small black rectangle sitting in an i-box. Roger stands next to him, lifting his hand up every few seconds to wave it in his brother’s direction, “stop jumping all over the place, I can’t hear.”
As the story flows out of the i-pod both boys finally stop moving, both frozen in place – their minds lost in a different world. After a few minutes they both shift, looking around as though just coming out of a trance. The climax of the story is over, the hero and heroine are safe, and the boys are just now wondering why they were staring so fixedly at the i-pod.
Such is the power of a good book. If a book is good enough it sometimes seems magical. There are many times when I have gotten lost in a book, only to look up at the clock hours later and realize how much time has gone by. How many movies can you count where you’ve watched an old wizard reading out of a dusty old spell book, or a wicked witch cackling over her spell book?
On a more realistic side, books seem magical because they can tame a carload of bored kids, or keep your mind busy on a job that usually only keeps your hands moving. Experience the action by visiting Ambling Books and exploring some of their great audiobooks.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Today I want to start with a question. Many of you have heard of Shakespeare, and many of you have read him, and some of you have understood some of what he has written. So I want to ask if there is a point to his Romeo and Juliet, and if there is a point – what that point is.
I have read and watched this play multiple times, and I love it. Being a romantic, I think it is terribly sad and fulfilling at the same time that Romeo and Juliet die because of their love for one another.
A friend cannot stand Romeo or Juliet. They seem too fickle to her, to young (which they certainly are) to be mature enough to make a life-time commitment like marriage mean anything. My friend loves to point out that this play was meant as a comedy, that it was comical how Romeo and Juliet fell so deeply in love so quickly . . . but they were star-crossed lovers.
Listen to Romeo and Juliet's tragic story from the Ambling Books audiobook player - reliving their heart break or hearing it for the first time – and make your own decision.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Today I want to discuss favorite books. I love reading and so I have hundreds of favorite books, but one of my favorites is “Tarzan” by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I listened to this book on the Ambling Books audiobook player and I can’t decide whether I liked listening to the book more or watching my brothers listen to the book. All four siblings would be standing up in the room, the younger ones practically jumping up and down during the intense scenes.
Another favorite is “The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam” by Chris Ewan. This book puts a whole new twist on Detective-Crime stories as it is told from the thief’s perspective. I love this book because it is surprising and fresh, featuring a crook who is so funny that you can’t help but like him.
Everyone has favorite books, and even different genres that they tend to be drawn to – as you can see, I tend to magnetize to adventure books. What are some of your favorite stories to read or listen to?
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Do you know the difference between an elephant and a mouse? Of course you do – and the difference between Ambling Books audiobook player and any other audiobook player should be just as obvious.
Ambling Books is all about making your listening effective, enjoyable, and easy. The audiobook player provides:
- Chapter navigation
- Automatic Play History Tracking
- Undo and Redo Buttons
The Ambling Books audiobook player is convenient and quick. This audiobook player is designed specifically to play audiobooks and includes many features made for frustration-free, delightful hours of entertainment.
Come explore the amblingbooks.com store. Try one of the thousands of audiobooks available, both free books, as well as an excellent selection of modern books for good prices. Get these books right off of the internet, using your Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or even your home computer.